The bulky look of modern entry level trucks fool people, along with the advertising, that the entry level trucks can haul or carry what the 'big boys' do. I've seen and experienced overloaded vans and trucks, and it's not a situation I'd want to travel any great distance with my personal property or family. You won't go wrong by over estimating the weight of the trailer or load you want to carry in the truck with you. The weight ratings that manufacturers aren't real in today's world. Average U.S. male weight today is 195.5 pounds. I think manufacturers still use 150 lbs. Does anyone travel without extra stuff? Coolers, coats, tools, they all add weight, and subtract capacity from the vehicles ratings.
If you want to travel trouble free and with safety, buy the truck you need.
Bob & Donna
'98 Gulf Stream Sun Voyager DP being pushed by a '00 Beetle TDI